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March 26, 1987 | From Reuters
The head of the Christian Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda, called Wednesday on Arab states to unite to persuade Israel to reliniquish control of the holy city of Jerusalem. "I call on the Arabs to settle their differences and adopt a unified position," said Shenouda, patriarch for about 22 million Copts in Egypt, Ethiopia, Australia, Canada and the United States.
June 2, 1989 | From Reuters
Flag-waving Jewish nationalists, chanting "The nation of Israel lives," marched under police guard through Arab East Jerusalem on Thursday to reaffirm their claim to sovereignty over Israel's disputed capital. Palestinians stared blankly at the march marking the 22nd anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem. The same war gave it control over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, scene of the 17-month-old Arab uprising. Riot police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets accompanied marchers to prevent clashes between Arabs and Jews, who said their Israeli flags were a symbol of pride and power.
An Israeli Cabinet minister confirmed Tuesday that some Arab neighborhoods bordering Jerusalem will be transferred to full Palestinian control in a final peace deal, or even sooner. The comments by Haim Ramon, a minister without portfolio who is in charge of Jerusalem affairs in the government of Prime Minister Ehud Barak, were among the most explicit yet by a senior Israeli official on the sensitive issue of Palestinian control over neighborhoods on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
March 25, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Latin rite Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem has canceled a traditional Palm Sunday procession in the holy city because of fears of violence stemming from Palestinian unrest, a church spokesman said Thursday. Newly appointed Latin Patriarch Michel Sabah, the first Arab to hold the post, called off the event because he feared possible violence along the route from the Mount of Olives to the walled Old City, a spokesman, Father Claudio Barrato, said.
June 19, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Government planners submitted a development program for Jerusalem that seeks to expand the city westward, boost investment and keep the Jewish population at 70% of the total by building 142,000 new homes. The Palestinian Authority urged the U.N. Security Council to block Israel's plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said he is considering letting the Israeli public vote on a U.S.
May 3, 1992 | Times Wire Services
A man described by police as "eccentric" vandalized Christianity's main shrine, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday. Police said they arrested the man and a woman identified as his wife but could not yet identify them. The man is apparently an English-speaking tourist in his 30s, police said.
More than 200,000 Israelis and Jews from around the world rallied outside the stone walls of the Old City on Monday, saying Jerusalem must not be divided. Meanwhile, Palestinian negotiators rejected President Clinton's peace proposals, insisting that they will not be pressured into signing an agreement. The demonstrators--many of them bused from towns across Israel and settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip--thronged the streets outside Jaffa Gate.
November 22, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A Palestinian-American facing deportation from Israel took his case to a Jerusalem synagogue Saturday, asking worshipers to support his fight to remain in the country. Mubarak Awad, a Christian Arab with U.S. citizenship, told the Sabbath congregation that "This has become a confrontation between me and the Israeli government. And that government represents you. So I ask for your support."
October 9, 1999 | Teresa Watanabe
Jerusalem, where followers of the world's three great monotheistic faiths all "found their God," properly belongs to no one nation and should be jointly administered, asserts best-selling author and religious historian Karen Armstrong. "The point of a holy city is that no one owns it. It belongs to God and therefore to everybody," Armstrong said, commenting on one of the stickiest unresolved issues in the Mideast peace process.
April 3, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Christian pilgrims crowded Jerusalem's cavernous Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City for Easter processions Saturday that competed with each other in noise and pageantry but sprang from the same faith. Jews celebrated the second day of the eight-day Passover holiday. Most stores and restaurants were closed, and many Israelis made family visits or took advantage of the good weather to go outdoors. In Vatican City, flickering lights from thousands of candles illuminated St.
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